Bengals experiment with defensive ends in offseason
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap will be on the move this season.
Dunlap was placed at left defensive end during the first four years of his career and had 27 1/2 sacks in the process, but new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has spent the offseason program tinkering with new spots.
Dunlap lined up much of the time on the quarterback's blind side in camp. A move to the right side could better utilize a tenacious right-handed strip move Dunlap perfected, forcing eight fumbles the last two seasons, and that also keeps defenses off balance.
"You can keep the offense guessing where guys are coming from," said Guenther, who is moving other players around the defensive line as well. "If it causes a second of hesitation for the quarterback or receivers or whatever it may be and helps us with the rush, that is what I am really trying to get to."
Dunlap played both sides at Florida. There's a chance he could permanently end up on the right side or be in a constant state of movement. The experiment will last into training camp until Guenther finds comfort in what he's looking for in replacing the production of Michael Johnson, who signed with Tampa Bay in the offseason.
"Right now we are just trying to see what fits and see what guys can do the best," Guenther said. "We will have it figured out by the first game, for sure."